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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Price as an "Illegal User Fee"

This article reports that Canada's state run health system is drowning under spiraling costs. As some provinces slash payments to pharmaceutical companies:
British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit -- an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.
In a free market, if one voluntarily offers his service to someone at an agreed upon price, it is called a trade or a transaction. Note, no one is hurt by this since both parties freely agree to the transaction and both benefit. Those who regard human happiness and justice as a value regard such an event as a joyous occasion and a profound example of an advanced civilization.

Under statism, such an event is literally illegal.

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